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Magazine Issue January 2013

National Association of Manufacturers

Fiscal Cliff Deal: Don’t Uncork the Champagne Just Yet

Sure, we can breathe a sigh of relief. But the National Association of Manufacturers isn’t completely satisfied with the compromise. Congress only averted one crisis to await others, avers the organization’s Aric Newhouse.

Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY)

100 Years of Fortitude

In 2013, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) celebrates its 100th year.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Industrial Manufacturing 2013: What Will the New Year Herald?

It looks to be a happier year, but businesses need to stay focused on challenges and developing newer, stronger more innovative strategic initiatives, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Discipline appears, as far as expenditures, as the new key word.

Republic Conduit

Supercharged Connections

Kentucky-based Republic Conduit – manufacturer of electrical steel conduit – asks clients to consider the “Republic Difference.” The phrase is not just a marketing tagline, realizes writer Dan Harvey; it underscores a company that offers product versatility, superior customer service…

Skretting North America

Major Food Chain Link

To borrow a title from the eminent Dr. Seuss – “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Skretting North America feeds them all. For good reason. Feed fish and you feed the world, reports Dan Harvey. Skretting North America…

VT Halter Marine

Securing the Seas

While it works upon water, VT Halter Marine stands on a brick wall – one that guards any nation’s men, women and children. Its products provide protection. But it’s not just about security. This is a versatile company that serves…

The Council on Competitiveness

Clarion Call: How Can US Companies Best Compete?

Deborah l. Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, describes how US companies can catalyze investment and growth. Immediate action is critical.

Port of Coatzacoalcos

Industrial Shipping

Administración Portuaria Integral de Coatzacoalcos, the organization that oversees operations at the Port of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, Mexico, helped move 34 million tons of cargo last year. Rachel Hartman takes an inside look at this port, which holds the number…

JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts

Diversification = SUCCESS

JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts started out as a tooling company in 1976. Now it’s a diversified organization that overcomes ongoing challenges and has become attractive to numerous businesses. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally published or scroll…

Grupo Metalur

All-In Aluminum

Grupo Metalur is Latin America’s biggest aluminum recycler – producing secondary aluminum alloys for the automotive and industrial sectors. The company produces 90,000 tons of aluminum a year and is completely committed to constant evolution. Reuben Ford reports on how…

Oberg Industries

With Capability Comes Solutions

Oberg Industries develops precision components, tooling and assemblies for world-leading manufacturers, providing them a competitive edge. Materials – application and handling – is a key element, reports Dan Harvey.


Farming in Harmony

Founded in 1970 Cooperativa Agroindustrial Copagril is one of the largest farming cooperatives in Brazil’s southern Paraná state. Averaging 20 percent annual growth and expanding its operations and profits, the company represents the successful syntonic relationship between modern agriculture and…

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Thermal Transportation Leader

In 1932, four brothers established a manufacturing company that built items such as farm wagons, snow plows and, later, truck bodies. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally published or scroll down to read the text article.


Tuned In

Arising from the need for more advanced radio equipment, BrasilSat SA has been listening to public demand since its inauguration 38 years ago. Today, the brand is the national market leader in telecommunication aerials and towers and transmits individualized service…


The Brazilian Boom

Manufacturing explosives for Brazil’s booming construction, mining and energy industries, Britanite is ‘the’ name in blast engineering. With an increasing international presence, the company is going from strength to strength. Reuben Ford braves a closer look at the forces and…

Champion Bus

A Company Ascending

From disaster arose a stronger enterprise. Champion Bus Inc. is the metaphorical and mythological phoenix that arose from the ashes. Dan Harvey describes an example of collective heroism – involving management, employees, vendors, distributors and clients – that kept an…

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